The Rapid City Rifle Club has been operating for twenty years and are affiliated with the Civilian Marksmanship Program, National Rifle Association, SD Shooting Sport Association, US Shooting Sport Association and are a state non-profit corporation. We value our 2nd Amendment right to 'keep and bear arms' and are passionate about passing this on to the next generation of shooters. We feel that it is extremely important to preserve these values since they will follow in our footsteps and we want to keep shooting alive for future generations.
Our main public activities have been hosting local Gun Shows, facilitating a robust Youth Shooting program, and offering Adult Shooting opportunities.
RAPID CITY | Jack First, 95, passed away Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Rapid City.
Jack was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Southern California during the Depression. He joined the U.S. Marines in 1942 and was part of the 5th Division, which captured the island and raised the flag on Iwo Jima in 1945.
After the war, Jack and Phyllis were married in 1947 and made their way to Lancaster in the California desert, where they opened a small business, Jack First Gunshop. The business grew and grew, and in 1994, they moved the family, the business, and several employees to Rapid City. The business changed, to concentrate on wholesale gun parts and manufacturing of obsolete parts, and today has customers all over the world. Jack worked at "the shop" until four weeks before his death.
Jack was always proud to be a part of the community in which he lived. He was dedicated to learning, and decided to go back to school, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in history when he was 70 years old.
He was a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Reserve for 11 years, and served on two school boards in Lancaster. He was active in many shooting organizations and promoted the enjoyment and safety of the sport with adults and children over the years. Jack made a substantial contribution to Hunter Safety programs, both in California and South Dakota.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Phyllis; three daughters, Gail Kelly (Richard), Sue Gilton (Andy), and Nancy First; two grandchildren, Emily Errea Berg (Kevin) and Brian Errea (Gretchen); and seven great-grandchildren, Charlie Berg, Tommy Berg, Sadie Berg, Holly Berg, Jack Errea, Eric Errea and Gabrielle Errea.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Rapid City Rifle Club Junior Shooters' Program, 3619 Ivy Ave., Rapid City, SD 57701.